In pictures: Feadship 55m Shinkai on sea trials

Written by Francesca Webster

One of Feadship's most recent launches, the 54.9-metre superyacht Shinkai has been spotted on sea trials in the North Sea. The yacht, which has a dramatic colour combination of black and silver, features exterior design from Vitruvius Ltd from renowned yacht designer Philippe Briand, while her naval architecture comes from the boards of Philippe Briand Ltd.Shinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and a volume of 974 gross tonnes. Internally, the explorer style superyacht has been designed by Boutsen Design, though the designs from the Monaco-based design firm have remained firmly underwraps. Shinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenThe yacht is a fully custom explorer superyacht and Briand commented on her launch in October stating, “This is a special project for us, as Shinkai is the second yacht that we have designed for her owner. In fact, he was the first yachtsman to embrace the benefits of Vitruvius’s efficient hulls.”Shinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben Griffioen

Shinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenThe yacht has been built as a true explorer and state-of-the-art technology has been packed into the vessel. Her owner has big plans to extensively cruise and voyage into far-flung outer regions and she therefore needed to be built to be able to withstand ice-cold polar regions as well as warmer tropics on the equator. Briand and the design team have equipped her with an Ice Class hull and a 23-tonne gyroscope so she’s ready for anything.Shinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenShinkai will be delivered to her owner in 2022, following her final outfitting.

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